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A pioneer in computer climate modeling, Warren Washington has served as an adviser to presidents from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama, and he has earned numerous accolades for his achievements. Inspired by the humble beginnings of scientists who came before him, Washington was the second African American to earn a doctorate in atmospheric sciences. We talk with him about his work, his roots and why he thinks science is a good field for students to consider in a bad economy.
2009 National Medal of Science Laureate for his development and use of global climate models. Produced by Evolving Communications for the National Science & Technology Medals Foundation.